MARSHALL FIRES IMPRESSIVE 5-UNDER-PAR 66 TO EARN MEDALIST HONORS SUNDAY
Canadian Burneski shoots 1-over-par 72 to medal at Srixon Qualifier for True Temper/David Gossett Junior Championship
BARTLETT, Tenn. — David Marshall of St. Louis, Mo., led the Boys Division Sunday, firing a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine en route to a 5-under-par 66, qualifying him for the True Temper/David Gossett Junior Championship. In the Girls Division, Pamela Burneski of Surrey, British Columbia, carded a 1-over-par 72 to top the field and qualify for the tournament.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the True Temper/David Gossett Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier was held at Quail Ridge Golf Course. The par-71 course was set up at 6,476 yards for the Boys Division and 5,703 yards for the Girls Division. The tournament field consisted of 70 boys and 14 girls, ages 12-18, representing 18 states and Canada, including 14 Tennessee residents.
Marshall, who dedicated his performance to his grandmother who is overcoming cancer, set a new personal record Sunday, shooting his lowest recorded score ever. After making five birdies on the front nine, Marshall added two on the back side to give him a 3-stroke lead over Will Nixon of Jefferson City, Mo., who fired a 2-under-par 69. In addition, Marshall putted only 11 times through the first nine holes and 15 times on the back. Ultimately, Marshall credited his low score to his ability to maintain a clear and relaxed mind throughout the 18 holes.
“I came up here to play well and qualify, but also to have a good time,” said Marshall. “Overall, I was trying to focus really well and play each hole one at a time. I tried not to get ahead of myself. I didn't expect to shoot a 66, and would have taken a 72 to qualify, but I am ecstatic about my performance.”
Ten additional boys qualified for the tournament. Nixon shot a score of 69 to qualify, while Brad Hopfinger of Lake Forest, Ill., carded a 1-under-par 70. Three boys, Ross Merrill of Kansas City, Mo., Rob Caldwell of Nashville, Tenn., and Caden McCracken of Oklahoma City, each fired scores of 1-over-par 72 to earn spots in the tournament. Bradley Moody of Jefferson City, Mo., Henry Horrell of Waterloo, Ill., and Bryan Wacker of Wentzville, Mo., each qualified at 2-over-par 73. Casey Patterson of West Helena, Ark., and Benjamin Engle of Floyds Knobs, Ind., each shot 74 during the qualifier round and earned the final tournament spots following a one-hole sudden-death playoff.
Burneski, who has been playing competitive golf for two years, decided to spend the summer traveling across the United States participating in various AJGA events. Memphis is her last stop of the summer before returning to Canada.
“It's nice to get out here and experience different parts of the United States and the world,” said Burneski. “In addition, AJGA events are well-organized, which makes them more fun to play in.”
Burneski, who most recently finished third place at the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic in Bolton, Mass., recorded three birdies on the front nine to total a 1-under-par 35. In preparation for the tournament, Burneski plans to eat healthy and catch up on sleep. Her ultimate goal is to win, which she hopes to do by continuing to trust her shots, and by feeding off the confidence she earned from the qualifier.
“It boosts my confidence,” Burneski said. “Medaling lets me know that I am in contention to play for my goal, and I can carry that confidence over to the tournament.”
A 2008 graduate, Eunice Yim of La Canada, Calif., shot a 5-over-par 76, qualifying her for the tournament. Also qualifying were Deanna Miles of Oklahoma City who shot 81, and Margaret Gilley of Flossmoor, Ill., who shot 83.
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First-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. — 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at TPC Southwind on Tuesday. For more information on the True Temper/David Gossett Junior Championship, please call AJGA tournament headquarters at 901-748-0534.